March Water Quality Results

Earlier this month we collected and analyzed another round of water quality samples. The results at six of our ten sample sites were above the state standard for E.coli of 349/100mL, meaning the water may not be safe for contact recreation.

Sample Site E.coli Result Date Sampled
Congaree River 48.8 03/22/17
Saluda at I-20 261.3 03/22/17
Saluda at Saluda Shoals 38.4 03/22/17
Broad River 21.6 03/30/17
Gills Creek 770.1 03/23/17
Rocky Branch 686.7 03/23/17
Smith Branch 1413.6 03/23/17
Stoops Creek >2419.6 03/22/17
12 Mile Creek 431 03/22/17
Crane Creek 727 03/22/17

Click the map above to view the sample locations and results.

On the night of March 21st and through the early morning of the 22nd a storm system moved through the Midlands dropping between a half inch to an inch of rain.  The resulting stormwater runoff is the likely cause of the high bacteria levels in the six urban streams we sample. This is an important reminder that bacteria levels usually spike in the 24-48 hours after a rain event and river users should consider past weather when making river recreation decisions.